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Respiratory Therapist

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Help people breathe easier. Learn to use life-saving equipment and care for patients with lung or heart problems, while entering a field that's full of opportunity.

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What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?

The Respiratory Therapist program at Somerset Community College prepares graduates to provide and manage client care by becoming members within the discipline of respiratory care. Graduates are prepared and eligible to take credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to practice as entry level practitioners (CRT) as well as advanced level practitioners (RRT). Like most states in the nation, Kentucky has a mandatory certification law for Respiratory Care Practitioners. This certification gives the holder the right to practice respiratory care in the Commonwealth. Reciprocity exists between Kentucky and most all other states.

All students planning to apply to the next Respiratory Therapist Program, beginning January 2020 MUST attend a Pre-Admission Conference prior to applying. Pre-Admission Conference Dates or Complete the Pre-Admission Conference online!

What are my career options?

Respiratory Therapists work as important members of the health care team and provide treatments to clients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Most therapists are employed in cardiopulmonary medicine or respiratory care departments of hospitals. Others are employed by home health agencies, pulmonary rehabilitation programs, pulmonary function laboratories, medical device companies, and physician offices. For further information regarding this profession, please visit www.AARC.org.

What are my degrees, diploma, and certificate options?

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General Education Requirements

Class Credits
BIO 137 - Human Anatomy and physiology i 4
mat 110 - applied mathematics or 3
mat 146 - contemporary college mathematics or (3)
mat 150 - college algebra (3)
bio 139 - human anatomy and physiology ii 4
eng 101 - writing i 3
com 181 - basic public speaking or 3
com 252 - interpersonal communication (3)
psy 110 - general psychology or 3
soc 101 - introduction to sociology (3)
heritage/humanities 3
total 23

Technical Courses

Class Credits
RCP 110 - cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology 3
RCP 120 - Theories and Principles of Respiratory Care 4
RCP 125 - Cardiopulmonary Evaluation 4
RCP 130 - Pharmacology 3
RCP 150 - Clinical Practice I 2
rcp 175 - clinical practice ii 3
rcp 180 - ventilatory support 3
rcp 190 - advanced ventilatory support 2
rcp 200 - clinical practice iii 3
rcp 204 - emergency and special procedures 3
rcp 210 - cardiopulmonary pathophysiology 3
rcp 212 - neonatal/pediatric respiratory care 3
rcp 214 - advanced diagnostic procedures 3
rcp 225 - clinical practice iv 3
rcp 228 - preventive & long term respiratory care 2
rcp 250 - clinical practice v 3
total  47

Total hours for program - 70 credits

Respiratory Care Admissions Point System
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Additional Information

  • Five semester program
  • Leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) with a general education requirement of 23 hours
  • Respiratory Care Technical Coursework (47 hours)
  • Theory/Skills presented in lecture/lab format
  • Clinical Component: Held in clinical sites which provide services to respiratory patients
  • Highly Recommended general education courses of 6-7 hours.

Accreditation Information

The Respiratory Therapist program has been awarded Continuing Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX  76021-4244, (817) 283-2835 or www.coarc.com

Goal: 

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Jess Hoskins

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Jason Asher

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Angie Mills

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Kathy Howard

Administrative Assistant

606.878.4831

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